§ 16-7.1-8. Student equity investment fund.
The general assembly recognizes the need to improve fourth grade performances in mathematics, reading, and writing. Therefore, the general assembly establishes the Student Equity Investment Fund to target students identified as those requiring additional educational services. The general assembly shall annually appropriate some sum and distribute it based on each district's proportion of resident children eligible for USDA reimbursable school meals relative to the total number of eligible students statewide. For the purposes of this section, the date as of eligibility for USDA reimbursable meals shall be determined by the June report of the reference year as defined in § 16-7-16. These resources shall be used to close student performance gaps in accordance with the district's strategic plan pursuant to § 16-7.1-2. Beginning in FY 2003, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education may require a district to use up to five percent (5%) of the funds allocated by this section to increase student and school performance. The five percent (5%) set aside funds shall only be spent with the prior approval of the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 30, art. 31, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 65, art. 18, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 373, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 374, § 1; P.L. 2003, ch. 376, art. 9, § 7.)